North's greenhouse gas output rising rapidly

UN warns industrialised countries of the need for sustained and deeper emission cuts before Kyoto protocol talks

Developed countries' greenhouse gas emissions fell 6% between 1990 and 2003 but are set to rebound to 10% above 1990 levels over the next five years, according to the most comprehensive survey yet. The report was published on Thursday by the UN's framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC).

The figures are based on projections by the 40 developed countries with detailed reporting obligations under the convention. The forecasts allow for existing but not for planned emission reduction policies.

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